CORONAVIRUS UTAH

2 More Utahns Die Of COVID-19; 281 New Cases Reported

Apr 25, 2021, 11:25 AM | Updated: May 2, 2021, 10:23 am
Hundreds of teachers and staff members in Utah County's Alpine School District received the COVID-1...
Hundreds of teachers and staff members in Utah County's Alpine School District received the COVID-19 vaccine in January 2021. (KSL-TV)
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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Two more Utahns have died of COVID-19, according to the latest report issued by the Utah Department of Health. There were 281 additional cases, with an additional 7,500 vaccines administered.

The number of people hospitalized for the virus was 157, up from the previous Sunday.

The total number of Utahns lost to the disease was 2,182, which was 18 more in the last week.

Testing

Health officials reported a total of 2,530,491 Utah residents have been tested for the novel coronavirus – an increase 4,096 since Saturday.

Officials reported 395,431 residents have tested positive for the virus since the pandemic began – an increase of 281 cases in the last day. Of those tested since Saturday, 6.7 percent were positive. There has been an increase of 2,674 cases in the last week – 21 more than the week prior.

The rolling seven-day average for positive tests was 383 per day. The rolling seven-day average for percent of positive laboratory tests was 6.1 percent.

Including people who have been tested more than once, 4,578,240 million tests have been administered in the state.

Vaccinations

At least one dose of the vaccine has been administered to 1,254,929 people in Utah. Those eligible for the vaccine included anyone over the age of 16.

The state has administered 2,039,298 first and second vaccinations. Of those vaccinated, 870,592 people have been fully immunized with both doses – over 79,000 in the last week.

According to numbers reported by the health department, 7,518 vaccines have been administered since numbers reported Saturday, and nearly 142,000 in the last week.

Health officials said 36.6 percent of all Utahns over the age of 16 have been fully vaccinated, and 52.8 have had at least one vaccination. Including all Utahns of any age, 27.2 percent have been fully vaccinated.

More than 2.3 million vaccines have been delivered to the state.

Hospitalizations

The health department reported 157 people were being treated for COVID-19 in Utah hospitals. Total hospitalizations since the pandemic began was 16,061 people.

Utah officials said 68.6 percent of the 529 ICU beds across the state were full – up 79 patients in the last week. Of those, 61 were being used by patients confirmed to have COVID-19. An additional 14 patients in ICU beds were suspected of having COVID-19, pending additional testing.

The remaining ICU beds were used by patients with other critical medical conditions. Hospital officials have said there was staffing for around 85 percent of those beds.

Deaths

An additional two Utahns have died of COVID-19, according to the Utah Department of Health.

The latest deaths included one woman and one man. Both were between the ages of 65 to 84.

There have been 2,182 total deaths of residents from the disease in the Beehive State since the pandemic began – an increase of 18 reported in the last week.

Identities of those who the state said died of COVID-19 have not been released.

Box Elder County

Officials said a man living in Beaver County was hospitalized when he died of COVID-19.

The man was the 51th COVID-19 death in the county. There have been 96 deaths in the area covered by the Bear River Health Department, which also covers Cache and Rich counties. Rich County has had no COVID-19 deaths.

Salt Lake County

The woman was a resident of Salt Lake County and was hospitalized at the time of her death.

There have been 841 deaths in the state’s most populated county. With 35 percent of the population, the county had 38.5 percent of the state’s deaths.

National/Worldwide Numbers

There have been over 32 million confirmed cases of coronavirus in the United States. Nearly 572,000 Americans have died of the disease, according to numbers compiled by the Coronavirus Resource Center at John Hopkins University.

Nearly 53,400 new cases have been reported in the last day in the U.S.

Across the globe there have been over 146.6 million cases and 2,930,127 deaths – over 172,000 in the last week, which was more than double the previous week.

With just 4 percent of the worldwide population, the United States has accounted for 21.9 percent of the global cases and 18.4 percent of the deaths since the pandemic began.

With one percent of the US population, Utah has accounted for about 0.38 percent of the country’s deaths, meaning the state has fared better than the national average for mortality rates.

The first US case was confirmed on January 21, 2020. The number of new cases in the nation has skyrocketed in November, with a spike significantly higher than any other country.

During the 2019-2020 flu season, an estimates 38 million people caught the influenza virus, requiring 18 million doctor visits and causing 22,000 deaths, according for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Around 35,900 deaths have been attributed to the flu annually, going back to the 2010-2011 flu season. Only twice during that time has the number of deaths exceeded 50,000 – once in 2014-2015, when there were 51,000 deaths, and again in 2017-2018, when there were an estimates 61,000 deaths.


Coronavirus Resources

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The latest COVID-19 stories from KSL can be found here.

How do I prevent it?

The CDC has some simple recommendations, most of which are the same for preventing other respiratory illnesses or the flu:

  • Avoid close contact with people who may be sick
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then throw the tissue in the trash
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. Always wash your hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

The CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies.)

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2 More Utahns Die Of COVID-19; 281 New Cases Reported